Playing with Matches "We don’t seek conflict with Russia but we are ready." ---Antony Blinken, March 4, 2022 We don’t seek conflict with Russia but we are ready, make no mistake. The finger that pushes the button will not tremble, the hand will not shake. When pillars of fire crown the silos and tridents breach the blue depths, we are ready with radio silence and blackouts and camouflage nets. At undisclosed sites, we are ready with body bags, hardtack and guns. We are ready for the flash and the fireball that will glow like a thousand suns. We are ready with iodine tablets and letters of last resort, with sudoku, toilet roll, sanctions and the Int. Criminal Court. Let none doubt America stands ready and resolute, as in God we trust, ready to be charred and irradiated to a pittance of cinders and dust. . . Aidan Casey was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin. Since then, he has taught English in Spain and Germany, where he now lives.